ALL SHOWS ARE RAIN OR SHINE
Schedule subject to change without notice
Gates Open at 6:00pm
The box office opens on site at 5:45pm.
Will call is located where tickets are sold at the entrance.
All food and beverage sales are CASH ONLY. We do have an ATM machine on site.
Outside food and beverages are NOT permitted.
Our beverages for the concert will include Pepsi products, beer and wine from Blue Ridge Beverage.
We do have an enforced designated smoking area at the venue.
PARKING: Please park at the Carilion Riverwalk Garage (beside Honeytree) and ride the FREE shuttle provided by Downtown Roanoke Inc. It's a very short ride that delivers you right to the front gate! You will see directional signage on South Jefferson when you get close.
Seating-Bring your own or rent one of our chairs at the event.
Pigeonholing Blackberry Smoke has never been easy. Since emerging from Atlanta in the early '00s, the quintet-vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, drummer Brit Turner and keyboardist Brandon Still-has become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country and folk.
This fluidity has paid off handsomely, in the form of two Billboard chart-topping country albums, 2015's Holding All The Roses and 2016's Like An Arrow. (For good measure, the latter also topped Billboard's Americana/Folk album chart.)
Find A Light, Blackberry Smoke's sixth studio album, doubles down on diversity. Songs hew toward easygoing roots-rock ("Run Away From It All") and Southern rock stomps ("The Crooked Kind"), as well as stripped-down acoustic numbers ("I've Got This Song") and bruising alt-country ("Nobody Gives A Damn"). Rich instrumental flourishes-keening fiddle, solemn organ and bar-band piano boogie-add further depth and resonance.
"That's one of my favorite things about Blackberry Smoke albums-there's a lot of variety," Starr says. "My favorite albums through the years are built that way, too. I love a record that keeps you guessing. I love the fact that our records are sort of a ride, with different types of songs and different vibes."
"Most of our albums have been named either for a song on the album or a lyric, and this time I didn't want to do that," Starr says. "I thought, 'What headspace is humanity in as a whole?' That's pretty hard to argue with that. I think everybody is hoping and looking for something better right now."
"Inspiration comes from so many different places," Starr says. "A lot of inspiration can be drawn from current events these days, and how complicated the world is."
This commitment to putting the music first above all other considerations is one reason Blackberry Smoke has continued to evolve during their time together. And it also explains why Find A Light's sonic progressions and expansions sound so effortless.
"We didn't want to repeat ourselves," Starr says. "I don't ever want to make a record that ourselves or are fans are like, 'It's the same old thing.' But I still get a real lift from listening to Find A Light, even after multiple listens. I really am proud of the work that we accomplished."